The era of Artificial Intelligence is upon us and it has only begun. Although it was around for decades, artificial intelligence has been incorporated into our devices only now. Fingerprint sensing, voice recognized searches, facial recognition, VR, IoT – we are deep into AI already.
The ease and comfort that comes along with AI are undeniable; and so are the disadvantages. Let us take a look at the reality of AI and answer the question, will its merits be enough to conquer the demerits?
Artificial Intelligence is a machine. One of the primary advantages that come by default is its human-error free nature. It can perform repetitive tasks, all with equal precision.
While we are on the topic of repetitive tasks, many, if not all of these will be replaced by automation. Human skill will no longer be required for tasks at the menial level because a robot is fast and error-free for the most part. . Think about it: self-checkout stands that have replaced human manned cashiers are way easier. Instead, there will be an increased demand for workers for sophisticated tasks
Employers will also benefit from this replacement in the long term. AI doesn’t require health benefits or takes sick days off. All it needs is a few tweaks here and there once in a while.
As we mentioned above, AI does not have the limitations humans face. They can work in extremely hostile environments and gather information for us from inaccessible areas, that couldn’t have been obtained otherwise. So whether it is inserting a tiny camera into the human artery or going for space explorations, robot penetrate every field of life.
Robots are expensive to build, design, and repair. It requires painstaking programming on the developer’s part and may take years to build even a simple robot. The labor that AI threatens to replace can be acquired at much lower costs when compared to the cost of replacing a human with a machine.
Similarly, even though the devices that have artificial intelligence embedded in them are high end for now. This means not everyone has access to them.
Apart from this, there’s also the ethical issue that tags along with AI. Many feel uncomfortable with the concept of human-created intelligence and brand it as playing god. People also fear being replaced by machines at their workspaces.
Just as machines can be good, they can make causing destruction easy, if put into wrong hands. Intelligence like IoT can be hacked into and controlled remotely. Chances are, AI will also give rise to a different type of crimes as we consider all the opportunities it brings.
While some may take a relieved breath at this, but AI will perhaps never be able to replace human creativity. At least not with the technology we have. It will always be dependent on humans in some form or the other.